Ah I’m a bit late on posting my what I did in April post, but if I’m being honest this month wasn’t jam packed with a bunch of outings. The main thing that I did was explore and capture the essence of different neighborhoods in Melbourne.
I’m on the market for a new camera body and a new lens, so I rented out a Canon 16-35 mm 2.8 lens from Lenshire on one of the long weekends. For a few hours, I wandered the streets of Fitzroy and deemed it one of the cutest neighborhoods. I wholeheartedly appreciate neighborhoods full of character and houses that all look different. This is my first fall in Melbourne and it’s been quite easy on the eyes, I love the fact that you can feel like you’re in a different part of the world in just a few blocks.
My friend Luffan has been practicing designing sets so she created this nostalgic aesthetic in her bedroom with classic wall collages and serious mood lighting. We pulled outfits together from the collection of clothing she has collected as props which makes sense since she’s currently a film student. She also had this pack of gel glitter that I really wanted to incorporate and as you’ll see, I went a little crazy with it.
This was the same weekend that I rented the 16-35 mm lens so that’s what we used for this shoot to make the space look a lot larger than it actually was. We also took pictures on a few of Luffan’s film cameras, so I’m excited to see how those turn out. Here’s some of favorite shots we got from my DSLR!
The only other photo shoot I did in April was one that I have never done before and that was a photo shoot for an album cover. Brittany send me an email about a song she is releasing soon and explained the vision that she had for the single cover. I love a concept shoot, so without a doubt I agreed to help her idea come to life.
We shot at Hire & Fire studios in Northcote and it is such a cute little studio. When I arrived there was two older people working on laying down new flooring, so I’d assume that those were the owners. It ended up being the perfect studio for the photo shoot and we had such a chill and nice time shooting away. I wish I could show you the images, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises so here’s a behind the scenes video I put together from clips Brittany’s sister, Nikka, recorded on her iPhone.
I’ve been making an effort to try new food places in Melbourne since there’s a plethora of amazing ones people rave about. I tried out Trippy Tacos, a vegetarian Mexican fast casual joint in Fitzroy. I got the Trippy’s Original Burrito and it was definitely different that your typical burrito. It was full of black beans, mozzarella, salsa and a salad of shredded beetroot, spinach and other good stuff. Sadly I didn’t take a picture since it was a burrito and all burritos look the same on the outside. Next time I’ll be sure to ask to get it cut.
It seems like I try a new burger every month because this month I tried Burger Boys, which is another good option for an American style burger. It would definitely be up there in the top 5 I’ve had in Melbourne so far. I got the Royale with Cheese and it had all the makings of the classic with a thick beef patty, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles. I also got a side of sweet potato fries because those are always a must.
Another new little cafe I tried was La Parisienne Pâtés in Carlton which is obviously french. I stumbled upon it during the end of one of my walks and saw a few people eating outside so I figured it’s probably good. They offer a variety of classic french dishes, pastries, and cakes. It’s a great spot for a light lunch or a coffee date with a friend or significant other.
I ordered a lorraine quiche with a side of potato salad and it was really good! Everything tasted so fresh and authentic so I’d highly recommend this place if you enjoy french cuisine. Even the staff is french so you can really feel like you’ve transported to France for a few hours.
The most aesthetically pleasing cafe I visited in April was Flovie Florist Cafe in Carlton. It only opened a few months ago so it always has a line formed outside the front door. I met up with my friend Rima there to plan a collaborative photo shoot and it was the perfect spot for brunch.
By the name of the cafe, it also serves as a floral shop so there’s a ton of floral decorations everywhere. Everywhere you look is a photo opportunity including the food presentation with the colorful drinks and floral props. Their menu is small but has a dish for each craving whether you want sweet, savory, or fresh. I ordered the Salmon Poke Bowl and it was my first time trying a poke bowl. The dish was so colorful and fun that it hurt a little to mess it up, but you know I got a picture of it before the devouring.
Since the temperatures have been dropping, it’s been hard for me to leave the house but sometimes I manage to make it out. The only event I went to in April was Party Beyond at the Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. It featured local music artists playing in various different rooms of the Museum which made for a cool and unique Friday night event. There’s a ton of nifty displays about health, wellness, sports, and history so the museum is worth a visit if you enjoy science and learning new things.
The month ended with me going on another neighborhood photo walk but this time it was through South Yarra which is another really aesthetically pleasing neighborhood in Melbourne. It’s so upscale with the dreamiest of homes with breathtaking architecture, front yards and landscaping. I went during sunset so everything was touched with a golden kiss making the images even that more dreamy.
What did you do in April? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!